We must log in to various sites online, multiple times every day.

So how do we ensure that these log in details are safe from hackers?

Recent data shows thatĀ almost one billion login credentials have been stolen and shared online in the last year. Yahoo, MySpace, LinkedIn, Dropbox and Tumblr, have all been hit and the list goes on and on.

So what steps can you take to ensure your passwords and log in details are safe when you are accessing accounts online? Here are six simple steps you can take towards ensuring your login data stays private:

Two-factor authentications

Where possible, you should use two-factor authentication to get into your accounts. This means using something other than just a password to gain access, like a personal question.

Unguessable password

We suggest using a sentence or a string of random words as your password. Avoid the obvious at all costs (and by obvious we mean ‘password’, ‘123456’ or your own name).

Don’t re-use passwords

Avoid using the same password on multiple sites and for multiple logins. This means that once one of your accounts has been infiltrated, the hackers can get into all of them.

Change default passwords

Certain websites will generate a default password when you sign up. You should change this at the first opportunity as you never know who has access to the original database of default passwords or how secure it is.

Check account activity

Regularly check activity on your accounts and where this originates from. If you see anything unusual or that is out of the ordinary, then you should change your login details immediately.